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GNS Science and Japanese JOGMEC to continue geothermal partnership

Students learn about New Zealand’s geothermal resources during a JOGMEC – GNS organised training course, Feb 2020 (source: GNS)
Alexander Richter 29 Jul 2020

GNS Science in New Zealand and Japan Oil, GAs and Metals National Corp. (JOGMEC) have renewed their MOU on a geothermal partnership.

In a release, New Zealand-based GNS Science reports having renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), recognising the important role geothermal energy plays in both New Zealand and Japan,.

The MOU allows the two organisations to continue their deep partnership in the geothermal energy sector – working together to mitigate environmental impacts, develop survey methodologies and enhance management and sustainability of geothermal reservoirs.

The original MOU was signed in 2015, and since then GNS Science and JOGMEC have held workshops and training programmes in Japan and New Zealand.

“We are very proud of our excellent relationship with JOGMEC, and we are very pleased to renew this MOU,” GNS Science CEO Ian Simpson says.

“We believe this partnership will help both New Zealand and Japan reach their goals of secure, low-carbon energy through sustainable development of our geothermal resources.”

“We believe this MOU will boost further development of Japan’s geothermal resources and secure a stable supply of energy to our country,” JOGMEC CEO Tetsuhiro Hosono says.

The agreement was signed by GNS Science Board chair Nicki Crauford and Mr Simpson in Wellington, and by JOGMEC representatives in Tokyo.

Source: Company release by email